Steven Thachuk

  • Instrument: Guitar

Steven Thachuk is known as one of Canada’s most outstanding and versatile guitarists. Performing works from J.S. Bach and Toru Takemitsu to John Lennon and Radiohead, he consistently challenges the nature of the instrument’s repertoire and boundaries. Playing both traditional classical guitar and a steel string instrument he has appeared in recital, as a chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra throughout North America, Great Britain and Europe.  Thachuk has performed most of the major concertos in the guitar repertoire with orchestra and has had concerts broadcast on NPR in America and the CBC in Canada. His playing has drawn critical acclaim.  The Westfalen Post in Germany has commented that after his concerts “the audience remains in the seats for a long time, saddened that the concert has ended”  and the Nordeste in Mexico has called Thachuk “a master of interpretation and artistry”

An avid supporter of new music, Thachuk has premiered numerous works by composers such as Gerald Garcia,  Liviu Marinescu, and Robert Baker. In 2007 he appeared soloist with the Pacific Symphony and Chorus in Oswlado Golijov’s Oceana with Grammy Award winning guitarist John Dearman.  Thachuk has also given the world premiere performances of Gerald Garcia’s Heart of the Rose-Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, in Manchester, England. Capstone Records released his performance of Liviu Marinescu’s Pastiche in 2008.

In addition to his performing career, Thachuk has an international reputation as a leading teacher and pedagogue of the instrument.  Recent festival appearances have included the International Guitar Institute in Las Vegas, Koblenz Guitar festival, Iserlohn Gitarren-Symposium, National Guitar Summer Workshop,  the Stetson International Guitar Festival, the Culiacan International Guitar Festival, and the Eastman Summer GuitarFest in Rochester, New York. In 2002, Steve Thachuk was appointed as Professor of Guitar and Chair of Guitar Studies at California State University, Northridge. Previously, he has served on the faculties of the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Queen’s University.  Thachuk also serves on juries for many major international guitar competitions

He pursued his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, and continued his studies in Germany and at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he completed his doctorate degree in 1998.

Recent highlights of his performance career include solo appearances with the Pacific Symphony, Surrey Mozart Players, ProArte Chamber Orchestra Colorado,  Fort Wayne Philharmonic,  Lancashire Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Quinte Symphony, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Philharmonia.

Steven Thachuk lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.